In Menabe, Madagascar, there is a large, arid region that is abundant with a unique species of trees, the Adansonia granddieri. In that region, a dirt road which links the towns of Morondava to Belo Tsiribihina is lined with numerous and ancient baobab trees. This natural and majestic landscape, known as the “Avenue of Baobabs”, is considered so unique and beautiful that it could become the first, official indigenous monument of Madagascar. On the Avenue of Baobabs, there is also a sacred tree that is surrounded by offerings as well as two baobabs that have intertwined and have become known as “Les Baobabs Amoureux”. The views of this landscape at sunrise and sunset are heralded as striking.
These huge, deciduous trees, many of which are greater than 800 years old with trunks that measure over 150 feet around, had been previously part of a rich forest, filled with the other trees and plants. Community development, “advancement”, encroachment, mass modernization and growing populations have led to immense deforestation of the region.